Dolphins mega-deal: Miami was willing to offer Sean Payton $100 million to coach the team, report says

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The Miami Dolphins wanted Sean Payton so badly this offseason that they were apparently ready to offer him a record-breaking contract.

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Dolphins were willing to offer Payton a five-year contract worth $100 million to coach the team, which would have made him the 100’s second known coaching contract. millions of dollars, but with one essential difference. When Jon Gruden got his $100 million contract with the Raiders in 2018, it was for 10 years, which means he was paying $10 million per season. On the other hand, Payton’s deal would have only covered five seasons, meaning he would have paid her a whopping $20 million a year.

According to Sports Illustrated, the contract was actually only going to last four years, meaning Payton would have made $25 million a year if the deal had gone through, but obviously that never happened.

It’s just another crazy twist in an offseason that’s been full of it when it comes to the Dolphins, Payton and Tom Brady.

There’s been speculation around the entire offseason that the Dolphins had a secret plan in place to land both Brady and Payton this year, and while the two guys had a chance to shoot down the speculation, no of them has really denied anything this offseason. .

Brady had the opportunity to shoot down the rumors last week when asked if he had spoken with the Dolphins about joining the team in 2022 – as an owner or a player – and he certainly didn’t deny it.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of people, like I’ve had in the last three or four years of my career, about the different opportunities when I’m done playing football. I have in kind of made a decision about what I would like to do,” Brady said. “I’m going to be able to play football. … The most important thing is where I am now and what I hope to do for this team. That’s my commitment to this team and this organisation.”

The 44-year-old could have simply said ‘no, I haven’t spoken to the Dolphins’, but instead he almost confirmed that there were at least a few conversations.

Payton also had the opportunity to shoot down the rumor mill in April when he was asked about speculation at a golf tournament. Although Payton claimed to know nothing about the Brady rumors, he did mention that intermediaries had spoken on his end.

“I have no idea the Tampa Bay, Miami Dolphin, Tom Brady rumor mill,” Payton said. “I understand there was a request or intermediaries spoke. I’m like all of you. I heard that story.”

In that same interview, Payton also said if he had decided to coach in 2022, it would have been with the Saints.

“If I had been ready to coach like this year, I would have stayed in New Orleans,” Payton said. “And so it’s nice to have someone interested and, yeah, that’s about it. Look, our focus on Tom Brady beat him, not with him.”

For the Dolphins, landing Payton wouldn’t have been easy. Since he is still under contract with the Saints, they should have made a trade for him. That being said, if they were willing to give him a $100 million contract, you can bet they would have been willing to give up a pick or two to get a deal done.

According to Pro Football Talk, the Dolphins contacted the Saints about a possible trade in late January, but New Orleans denied their initial request. There was no second request as the Dolphins’ plans quickly fell apart on Feb. 1 when Brian Flores filed a complaint against the team.

According to PFT, the Dolphins were hoping to announce Brady would join their ownership group the week before the Super Bowl, but before that happened the team was hit with Flores’ lawsuit, which was filed the same day as Brady. announced his retirement. (February 1st).

As for Payton, he will join Fox Sports for the 2022 season. While he certainly won’t be coaching this year, it will be interesting to see what happens if he wants to coach again in 2023. If he makes the decision to come back, he will certainly be a rare commodity with several teams. try to hire him. Of course, any team that wants to will have to find a solution with the Saints.

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